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Page Turners Series: Nadine Eckhardt, author of Duchess of Palms and Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Commissioner and LBJ School Alumna

Tue March 31, 2009 at Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Nadine Eckhardt will read from her memoir, Duchess of Palms.  Joining Eckhardt for this event will be her daughter, Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Commissioner and LBJ alumna.  Their discussion will address the extent to which political roles and opportunities have expanded for women since the time of LBJ when Nadine Eckhardt came of age. 

Austin-American Statesman, Nadine Eckhardt Makes Her Own 'Gay Place'

 About Nadine Eckhardt

Nadine Eckhardt, in her memoir Duchess of Palms tells the remarkable story of a “fifties girl” who lived through the men in her life (acclaimed political novelist Billy Lee Brammer and later, U.S. Congressman Bob Eckhardt) then, over time, achieved success in her own right as a restaurateur, assistant to Molly Ivins and writer. Nadine Eckhardt has worked in politics and journalism, lobbied, sold real estate, and run restaurants. Now retired in Austin, Texas, she continues to enjoy life as a writer, mother, and grandmother. Duchess of Palms is her first book.

About Sarah Eckhardt

A native Texan raised in a political family, the Honorable Sarah Eckhardt currently serves as Travis County Commissioner for Precinct 2. Prior to her taking office as Commissioner in 2006, Eckhardt served as a prosecutor in the Travis County Attorney’s Office for eight years. Eckhardt holds a JD from the University of Texas School of Law and a Masters of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Eckhardt addresses public policy challenges from a regional perspective to promote the prosperity, vitality, and quality of life of all residents, regardless of whether they live in municipalities or unincorporated portions of the county. She is a strong advocate for sustainable development, working to ensure that our region’s economy continues to grow in a manner that is in harmony with our rural heritage and the limitations required to protect the environment. In addition to her duties on the Commissioner Court, Eckhardt represents Travis County on the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee and serves as a member on the boards of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Community Action Network, and the Texas Freedom Network. Eckhardt is married to Kurt Sauer (also a lawyer) and has two children, Hank and Nadine. Austin American-Statesman, "Nadine Eckhardt Makes Her Own Gay Place"
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